Lexus LC Convertible revealed ahead of its official debut

Lexus LC Convertible concept

Lexus LC Convertible concept

Lexus has finally unveiled LC Convertible Concept just ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 NAIAS.

For now, it has the word "concept" in its title, but it might as well be "preview" because Lexus does not have a history of showing us things it doesn't intend on building a short while later - especially nothing as production-ready as the convertible appears to be.

"This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible", Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept, hints in the press release that accompanied this announcement. The Lexus LC 500 sticks with the services of the company's 5.0-litre V8 with a Yamaha designed head, titanium valves, some hot camshafts, and an obsession with the rev limiter.

Lexus clearly expects the auto to be a performance model, with the Detroit concept displayed on 22-inch wheels.

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It's a concept for now, but is clearly close to production reality.

The Lexus LC500 is one of the few remaining cars keeping the naturally-aspirated V8 flame going. From the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the convertible top, every line on the LC Convertible concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response.

On the inside, the concept features a mix of white leather seats and a black dashboard. We last drove it in late 2017 - and with the naturally-aspirated V8 onboard, nearly liked it very much. And that's a great thing, as the LC convertible is another attractive machine, the removal of the coupe's graceful fixed roof having done nothing to diminish the visual impact of the rest of the car's flowing lines. Well, there are plenty of options, but it would seem more than likely Lexus would opt for its existing engine line-up in the LC Coupe. Let us know in the comments!

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